Are you a parent or school administrator concerned about student learning in the classroom? DvertD helps students disconnect from technology, and reconnect with the world around them. Want to learn more about how to help students get DvertD back to reality? Contact us today!
Why would my school need DvertD’s anti-distraction app?
We all love the convenience our smart phones provide. Having the ability to immediately connect with family and friends is truly priceless. And we all think that we can control our impulses when it comes to using our phones appropriately.
But just consider how often you catch yourself reaching for your phone as soon as your mind starts to wander from whatever you are doing throughout your day. Be honest.
Now put yourself (and your phone) in the shoes of your 15-year-old student and ask yourself how often you would reach for that phone while you were in the classroom. Even the most gifted and engaging educators can’t compete with the latest cute cat video on YouTube.
Currently, the best option for educators is taking away students’ phones, which leads to liability issues or constantly policing students when that energy could be directed toward innovative instruction. At DvertD, we envision a better alternative.
Why choose DvertD over other options?
DvertD is the first cloud-based service available to school administrators that allows students to maintain physical control over their devices, while being relieved of the distractions inherent to having 24/7 access to a pocket-sized computer.
DvertD is the easiest, most flexible, and most effective anti-distraction app available. It blocks access to phone-based apps (e.g., camera, calculator, and text messaging) and web-based apps (e.g., Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube) when students are within a DvertD zone during school hours. Students can make and receive phone calls anytime.
- Easy to use. No need to configure or verify anything.
- Blocks all web and phone based apps when in a designated location.
- Allows administrators and teachers to trigger emergency notifications that automatically unlock phones allowing for all types of communication.
- Students retain the ability to make and receive phone calls.
- User-friendly, custom add-on’s available.
- Compatible with Android and iPhone.
The founders of DvertD are educators, behavioral economists, social scientists, software experts, and MOMs who are passionate about finding solutions to self-imposed barriers to success.
What are the benefits of having DvertD on students’ phones?
DvertD gives students a mental break from technology and teachers a break from policing students’ technology usage. Studies show that removing smartphone distractions can increase student test scores as much as 14% among low-performing students and as much as 6% overall.
With DvertD, parents, teachers, and school administrators see:
- Increased student engagement, learning, and focus.
- Decreased behavior issues such as cheating, bullying, and sexting in the classroom.
- Students learning to manage the time they spend online.
- Students developing a healthy relationship with technology.
- Decreased stress over managing technology in the classroom.
DvertD gives willpower a boost, so students can more easily avoid temptation and reach their goals.
Will teachers’ phones be affected by DvertD?
Teachers’ phones are not affected by the DvertD app. In the beta version, teachers will be able to disable DvertD during emergencies from their smartphones. Their phones will not otherwise be affected by DvertD. In future versions, teachers will be able to use DvertD to send community-wide emergency messages, as well as access the Internet and selected apps within the DvertD zone.
How does DvertD’s emergency notification system work?
In case of emergency, teachers or administrators can trigger an alert that opens all phones and allows communications to flow. The DvertD app does not block users from making or receiving phone calls, so parents will retain the ability to reach students at all times.
Future plans for DvertD include giving teachers and administrators the ability to notify the entire school community of an emergency situation with the touch of a button. Once the notification has been triggered, DvertD will release access to all phone features so that students can communicate freely with parents and others.
24% of teens (aged 13-17) report going online “almost constantly”.
73% of teens (aged 13-17) have smartphones.
The typical teenager in the US sends 30 texts per day.
Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online.
68% of teens agree that cyberbullying is a serious problem.
Only 1 in 10 victims of cyberbullying will report it to a parent or adult.